Dogs have long had accounts on social networks and celebrated birthday parties in New York’s Central Park, but the latest of the latest are weddings, even group weddings, where they appear dressed in bow ties and tuxedos and they in canine dresses bride
It’s not just a New York fashion: in Illinois, a mass wedding is planned for next October 2 with the goal of "marry" to 500 dog couples, who will commit to share, in joys and sorrows, their food, treats and games. There are so many who want to set a Guinness record.
" (I admit that) you can’t say the words dog, weddings and Guinness World Records without a smile"Leslie Allison-Seei, coordinator of the event, told Efe that it will take place in a ball park in Villa Park, a town of 21,483 inhabitants in Illinois.
Allison, president of the Villa Park Commission to Unify Neighbors, is trying to break that record, previously set in Colorado, where 178 pairs of dogs married in 2007.
In 2008, Allison’s German Shepherd Cleo married her neighbor Buddy, a Golden Retriever, in another failed attempt to break the Colorado record, in this case in Illinois.
After that experience with her pet, Allison decided to organize a massive wedding on September 25, 2021 with the idea of unseating Colorado, but she only managed to gather 80 couples, which she attributes to the omicron outbreak.
"Although it was not achieved, everyone had fun" they met the goal of having dogs from local shelters adopted and raised money for animal shelters, he said. But mind you, pets got a "marriage certificate"they enjoyed a cake made for them flavored with carob and "they toasted" with goat’s milk served in cocktail glasses.
Finally, he hopes that next October at least a thousand dogs (500 pairs) will meet "Yes, I want" to set a record and raise $100,000 that will go to 24 local service animal organizations and adoption groups as well as K9s for Warriors, a well-known provider of service animals to veterans often in need of assistance.
"We raise money for a good cause"argued and stressed that pets will not be allowed to dress for this occasion, alluding to previous canine, individual or collective weddings, where wedding veils and bow ties have not been lacking for them.
And for those who still follow "singles"on July 26 there will be an event to register (www.diamondsintheruffwedding.com) and socialize to meet your "Ideal pair", get engaged and take a photo together, said Allison, who has not forgotten any details; thus, there will be professional trainers to prevent fights between the dogs.
"We will have fun and break a record. I hope that this year we can marry thousands of dogs"on a day that will feature a chef who has promised to travel from Ohio to Illinois with 100 dogs and make the cake for the pets, a cake that will be 8 feet tall.
If it is about records, New York has already entered the Guiness with the most expensive dog wedding known: 158,187 dollars cost the link organized in July 2012 by animal advocate and expert in pet lifestyles, Wendy Diamond in tribute to his late dog Lucky Diamond. The business went round for him, because he raised $275,000.
With the money, the Lucky Diamond intensive care unit was established at the New York Humane Society clinic.
That lavish wedding was held at the Essex Hotel in Central Park where her dog Baby Hope, who wore a signature dress valued at $6,000, married Chilly Pasternak, attended by family (human and animal) and friends who enjoyed a great party and dinner, without missing the buffet for the "boyfriends" and his guests, which included several cats and a toad.
Diamond explains that he organized the wedding to raise awareness of canine cancer, which claimed Lucky’s life, and to create the intensive care unit to help people who can’t afford critical care for their pets.